Why Mini Implants Fail: Lessons from a Recent Case Study
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by Nabil E. Beaini, DDS
2h ago
In last week’s Perio Update, a case report of two failed mini implants was presented. While the reason why the two mini implants were unable to support a single-unit fixed prosthesis replacing a mandibular first molar can only be presumed in this case, a logical possibility would be implant fixture fatigue leading to fracture. Multiple published reports have presented various reasons for failure of smaller diameter implants, including: Smoking1,2 Use of smaller diameter implants2-7 Posterior localization1,5,9 Prosthetic complications when using narrow diameter implants15 Placement of implant ..read more
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One in a Million: College Student Earns a Perfect Score on Dental School Admission Test
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by Kristen Pratt Machado
1d ago
Mara Hemmer, a senior at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) earned a perfect score of 30 on the Dental Admission Test (DAT). According to the American Dental Association, she is the second student to earn a perfect score in the past 5 years. More than 12,500 dental school hopefuls take the DAT each year, with the average score being 19. Hemmer is an honors student at UNK with a 4.0 GPA in the school’s biology, predental program. In addition to her academic prowess, she is also a star athlete, running on UNK’s cross country and track teams. Hemmer’s interest in dentistry stems from he ..read more
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UT Health San Antonio Launches Pioneering Center for Regenerative Dental Sciences
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by Kristen Pratt Machado
2d ago
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry is on the brink of launching its innovative Center for Regenerative Sciences, designed to place the institution at the cutting edge of regenerative dentistry and medicine. The initiative, led by Yong-Hee Chun, DDS, PhD, MS, and Anibal Diogenes, DDS, PhD, aims to fast-track the translation of preclinical discoveries into clinical therapies, particularly for dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases. Chun’s research delves into the molecular foundations of tooth development and mineralization, targeting conditions li ..read more
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Study Shows Teens Are Totally Stressed by the Dental Office
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by Kristen Pratt Machado
3d ago
At the ongoing European Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (EAPD) Congress in Gothenburg, a pioneering study led by Larisa Krekmanova, DDS, PhD, from the University of Gothenburg is making waves. This research, aimed at understanding the hidden stress in children and adolescents during dental treatments, utilized innovative sensor technology to monitor stress indicators such as hand movements and sweating. The study involved 34 participants ages 14 to 16, who were subjected to either regular dental exams or more invasive procedures like anesthetic injections and molar extractions. During these pr ..read more
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Survey Suggests Patients Would Like to Discuss Diet at the Dental Office
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by Kristen Pratt Machado
5d ago
A new study delves into patients’ perspectives on integrating nutritional counseling within dental settings. Surveying more than 300 participants across various dental practices, the research unveils a resounding acceptance of nutritionists in dental clinics, marking a transformative shift toward comprehensive healthcare. A seminal study sought to probe patients’ attitudes toward integrating nutritional counseling within dental settings. Spanning diverse dental practices, the research canvassed the perceptions of more than 300 participants, illuminating a compelling narrative of acceptance an ..read more
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Sweet Solutions: How Fruit Roll-Ups Can Improve Panoramic Radiography Quality
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by Kristen Pratt Machado
6d ago
Panoramic radiography (PR) is a widely used diagnostic tool in dentistry, offering a fast and cost-effective method to examine dentofacial structures. However, various positioning errors can compromise image quality, potentially leading to misdiagnoses and the need for repeated radiographs, which increases radiation exposure for patients and technicians. Patient positioning errors are the most frequent issues encountered during PR, occurring in nearly 95% of cases. These errors include improper head position, patient movement, and, most commonly, the failure to keep the tongue against the pal ..read more
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HR Advice to Protect Your Dental Practice
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by Art Wiederman
6d ago
In this episode of The Art of Dental Finance and Management, host Art Wiederman is joined by acclaimed dental attorney Ali Oromchian for a conversation about human resources in dentistry. Ali shares the most common HR mistakes he sees in dental practices, as well as advice for avoiding legal challenges, maintaining compliance, and fostering a positive work environment. Art and Ali also discuss some of the most pressing issues in dentistry today: artificial intelligence, hybrid work, and an aging workforce.  The post HR Advice to Protect Your Dental Practice appeared first on D ..read more
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Failure of Mini Implants: A Case Report
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by Nabil E. Beaini, DDS
1w ago
Following is a case report of the failure of two mini implants used to replace a single mandibular first molar. The failure resulted in surgical removal of both implants, osseous grafting, and, eventually, replacement with a conventionally sized implant. CASE REPORT The patient, a 35-year-old woman, presented to a general dentist in April 2010 for routine examination and dental prophylaxis. Records from that office indicated no history of periodontal diseases, but probing depths were not recorded. Missing teeth included all third molars and the mandibular right first molar (#30; Figure 1). It ..read more
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With Dental Data Stuck in ‘Proprietary Silos,’ ADA Calls for More Inclusion in Federal Health IT Plan
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by Kristen Pratt Machado
1w ago
The Federal Health Information Technology (IT) Strategic Plan for 2024–2030 is designed to help the federal government boost health outcomes for all Americans. Goals of the plan include promoting health and wellness, improving the experience and delivery of care, accelerating research and innovation, connecting the health system with health data, encouraging the use of health IT to improve quality and safety of care, modernizing the nation’s public health data infrastructure, and bringing together the scientific, public health, and healthcare communities to translate evidence into better outc ..read more
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Marquette Dental Graduates Pioneer Diploma Privilege in Wisconsin, Expediting Licensing Process
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by Kristen Pratt Machado
1w ago
Marquette University School of Dentistry marked a historic milestone as it celebrated the first recipients of diploma privilege in the field of dentistry within the State of Wisconsin. Diploma privilege is a policy allowing graduates from certain educational institutions to obtain professional licensure without taking a standardized licensure examination, based on the comprehensive evaluations and competencies demonstrated during their academic program. On May 10, a reception was held to honor 24 members of the Class of 2024 who will benefit from this expedited licensure process. Spearheaded ..read more
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